Hugh Downs School faculty in the news with Civil Dialogue

Incivility on the rise in the U.S.  

How bad is it? According to a poll last year, Americans broadly believe their country’s political tone has become less civil.  Further, seventy percent of Americans said they think incivility has reached “crisis levels.”

Jennifer Linde

Hugh Downs School faculty members Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson are working to reverse the incivility trend, and created The Institute for Civil Dialogue along with John Genette, a Research Fellow at the Hugh Downs School.  All three regularly hold Civil Dialogues at The Empty Space performance venue at the ASU Tempe campus that are open to the public. 

 Recently, Linde and Olson provided media interviews on reversing the incivility trend, including Northern California's NPR radio show Thinking Clearly Radio  - Episode #19:  Having Civil Dialogues and in a Vice Magazine piece, "What I Learned on My Road Trip to Meet American Homophobia."

Clark Olson

To help others hold a dialogue, Genette, Linde and Olson wrote a handbook, Hot Topics, Cool Heads, now in its second printing.  The Hugh Downs School also offers a certificate in civil communication.